Life Together || week beginning August 29, 2021

Life Together

The Christian life is meant to be lived in community, together with others. Utilize the resources and opportunities below to share life and grow in faith together.


“Taking Faith Home” (Daily Devotional)

“Taking Faith Home” is a weekly spiritual formation resource for you to use in your daily personal or family devotions and/or with a small group. Use it creatively in a way that fits your context. You can view/download/print this week’s “Taking Faith Home” by clicking the picture below.


Book Club

The Book Club meets monthly on the second Monday of the month at 7pm. The Book Club will meet (virtually) on September 13 at 7pm. We will be reading When We Believed in Mermaids by Barbara O’Neal. 

You can join the Book Club virtually through Google Meet by clicking this link (https://meet.google.com/feq-yjgp-xoq) or by calling 1-405-534-5197, the PIN is ‪552 165 644‬#.

Worship Together || Sunday, August 29, 2021

Join us as we worship together on Sunday at 10 am ET. You are invited to join this service in-person or virtually.

In-person participants must wear a mask over their nose and mouth while inside our facility.

You can join this service virtually through Google Meet by clicking this link (http://meet.google.com/ens-kcoq-bgg) or by calling 1-262-885-7027, the PIN is 172 874 072#.

You can download the bulletin for this service below. To add this event to your Google calendar, click here.

All are welcome!

This post will be updated to include music and other videos from our Worship Together. Use the videos below in your devotions to worship asynchronously. Hymn videos will premiere on our YouTube channel following worship together.

Can’t join us virtually/in-person?

This post will be updated after the “live” service, with a recording of our worship together.

Community Cookout || August 28, 2021

Join the Franklin United Methodist Church for a FREE Community Cookout on August 28 from 5:30-7pm.  Burgers, hotdogs, chips, and lemonade will be provided.  Bring a lawn chair or blanket to sit in the garden and grassy lot behind the church and enjoy the company of your neighbors.

In case of rain, this event will be cancelled.  All cancellation announcements will be posted to the church website (franklinumc.org) and to social media.

Mark your calendars for next cookout on September 25 from 5:30-7pm!

If you would like to help with or donate to these events, please contact Pastor Jacob (508-528-1092). This cookout is being funded through the church’s Mission Fund. If you would like to contribute to the Mission Fund, click here.

Life Together || week beginning August 22, 2021

Life Together

The Christian life is meant to be lived in community, together with others. Utilize the resources and opportunities below to share life and grow in faith together.


“Taking Faith Home” (Daily Devotional)

“Taking Faith Home” is a weekly spiritual formation resource for you to use in your daily personal or family devotions and/or with a small group. Use it creatively in a way that fits your context. You can view/download/print this week’s “Taking Faith Home” by clicking the picture below.


Book Club

The Book Club meets monthly on the second Monday of the month at 7pm. The Book Club will meet (virtually) on September 13 at 7pm. We will be reading When We Believed in Mermaids by Barbara O’Neal. 

You can join the Book Club virtually through Google Meet by clicking this link (https://meet.google.com/feq-yjgp-xoq) or by calling 1-405-534-5197, the PIN is ‪552 165 644‬#.

Worship Together || Sunday, August 22, 2021

Join us as we worship together on Sunday at 10 am ET. You are invited to join this service in-person or virtually.

In-person participants must wear a mask over their nose and mouth while inside our facility.

You can join this service virtually through Google Meet by clicking this link (http://meet.google.com/ens-kcoq-bgg) or by calling 1-262-885-7027, the PIN is 172 874 072#.

You can download the bulletin for this service below. To add this event to your Google calendar, click here.

All are welcome!

This post will be updated to include music and other videos from our Worship Together. Use the videos below in your devotions to worship asynchronously. Hymn videos will premiere on our YouTube channel following worship together.

Can’t join us virtually/in-person?

Check out a recording of this week’s service below (worship begins about 5 minutes in):

UPDATED COVID PROTOCOLS

Dear friends and members of Franklin United Methodist Church,

As I am sure you are all aware, the pandemic lingers on and positive cases of COVID-19 are on the rise.  The Delta variant is causing an end of summer spike in cases around the country including here in Franklin.  You can find the total positive cases and percent positivity for the last 14 days for the Town of Franklin along with occupied ICU beds in the MetroWest area and vaccination rates for Norfolk County below.

The shading on the above data follows our Metrics for Safer Gatherings.  We no longer follow these metrics, but they are a good point of reference.

On Sunday, the Church Council met and, among other things, discussed our on-going response to the pandemic.  In light of current trends, the Church Council voted unanimously to reinstate masking while inside the Franklin United Methodist Church.  Masks should be worn over the mouth and nose by all persons, vaccinated or not, at all indoor gatherings—worship, small groups, and work teams.  Except for this new masking protocol, all other protocols adopted at the last two Church Council meetings remain in effect (see here and here).  As an added precaution, we will cease weekly communion for the time being. 

In other, more exciting news from the Church Council meeting, the budget has been updated and the Personnel Committee will renew its search for a regular church musician.  I hope to begin scheduling in-person musicians to accompany worship beginning in September!  This will dramatically enhance our worship together.

If you have any questions about these decisions, or you just want to talk, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me directly.  Thank you for your continued support and understanding through these difficult times.  Be safe.  Get vaccinated (if you’re eligible).

I look forward to seeing you in worship—online or in-person—this Sunday at 10am.

Peace.
Pastor Jacob

Life Together || week beginning August 15, 2021

Life Together

The Christian life is meant to be lived in community, together with others. Utilize the resources and opportunities below to share life and grow in faith together.


“Taking Faith Home” (Daily Devotional)

“Taking Faith Home” is a weekly spiritual formation resource for you to use in your daily personal or family devotions and/or with a small group. Use it creatively in a way that fits your context. You can view/download/print this week’s “Taking Faith Home” by clicking the picture below.


Weeknight Communion & Discussion

Join Pastor Jacob on Thursday at 7:30pm as we share in communion and discuss upcoming readings and themes for Sunday worship. This group will meet in the vestry.

Virtual participants can  join the gathering by going to https://meet.google.com/txp-ndfa-ivu) or by calling 1-440-467-1448, the PIN is 220 679 745#.


Book Club

The Book Club meets monthly on the second Monday of the month at 7pm. The Book Club will meet (virtually) on September 13 at 7pm. We will be reading When We Believed in Mermaids by Barbara O’Neal. 

You can join the Book Club virtually through Google Meet by clicking this link (https://meet.google.com/feq-yjgp-xoq) or by calling 1-405-534-5197, the PIN is ‪552 165 644‬#.

Worship Together || Sunday, August 15, 2021

Join us as we worship together on Sunday at 10 am ET. You are invited to join this service in-person or virtually.

In-person participants must wear a mask over their nose and mouth while entering and exiting the building. Masks may be removed when seated for worship.

You can join this service virtually through Google Meet by clicking this link (http://meet.google.com/ens-kcoq-bgg) or by calling 1-262-885-7027, the PIN is 172 874 072#.

You can download the bulletin for this service below. To add this event to your Google calendar, click here.

All are welcome!

This post will be updated to include music and other videos from our Worship Together. Use the videos below in your devotions to worship asynchronously. Hymn videos will premiere on our YouTube channel following worship together.

Can’t join us virtually/in-person?

Hymns & Songs

“For the Fruits of This Creation”
No. 97, The United Methodist Hymnal (1989)

“When God Restored Our Common Life”
No. 2182, The Faith We Sing (2001)


“Praise God from Whom All Blessings Flow”
No. 95, The United Methodist Hymnal (1989)

“Amen”
No. 2072, The Faith We Sing (2001)

‘Faith After Doubt’: A book discussion with the author, Brian D. McLaren

The bishop is pleased to welcome the book’s author, Brian D. McLaren, to the NEAC for a four-session online discussion of this book that Bishop Devadhar called “important and insightful.” 

In his address Bishop Devadhar said, “McLaren invites us to a future of hope. He invites us to transform our weariness into constructive collaborations with fellow Christians. He invites us to invest in the church of the future.” 

In Faith After Doubt, McLaren, a former pastor, postulates that questions of faith and doubt are not “the enemy of faith, but rather a portal to a more mature and fruitful kind of faith.” His model for faith development has four stages: Simplicity, Complexity, Perplexity, and Harmony. 

McLaren writes: “Some people tell me they never have doubts. Faith comes easy to them, they say, at least it has so far. But many, many, many of us do have doubts, and sometimes our doubts seem more powerful than our beliefs. … I promise you: there is faith after doubt, and life after doubt, and life with doubt. … wait until you see where doubt can lead you and what doubt can teach you.”   

About the series 

This series is for everyone – clergy and laity. We especially encourage pastors and church members to participate together.  

You will get the most out of these discussions if you have read or at least begun Faith After Doubt prior to the series start. But even if you haven’t, we anticipate rich and fruitful conversations and urge all NEAC members to take advantage of this wonderful opportunity. 

Over four sessions, McLaren will offer an overview of his book and examine the four stages with a specific focus each week. There will be time for questions as well as some small-group discussion.  

Each session takes place from 8-9 pm Mondays. The sessions will be recorded. 

  • Sept. 13, 2021 – Session One: An overview of Faith After Doubt  
  • Sept. 20, 2021 – Session Two: Spiritual life, a personal perspective 
  • Sept. 27, 2021 – Session Three: Liturgy and spiritual formation, a congregational perspective 
  • Oct. 4, 2021 – Session Four: Outreach and evangelism for congregations 

You are encouraged to bring your questions for Dr. McLaren, and he has prepared some questions/ prompts for you to consider and share during the discussions:  

  • Was there a sentence or paragraph from the book felt that especially meaningful to you personally? Why?  
  • Was there a sentence or paragraph from the book felt that especially meaningful to your congregation or our conference or denomination at this time? Why do you feel this is especially important to our Methodist family?   

You will receive additional prompts specific to each session with your registration confirmation. 

Registration 

Registration is open; use the button above. Space is limited, so you are encouraged to register as soon as possible. The deadline to register is Thursday, Sept. 9.  

We will have some time for breakout discussion in small groups. If you want to participate in those as a congregation, there is a place to indicate that preference on the registration form. 

If you do not have a group from your church attending, you will be assigned to a breakout group with other participants.  

Use the button above to register once for all four sessions. You will be sent a Zoom link that will remain the same throughout.  

For detailed information, dates and times, please click here.

Life Together || week beginning August 8, 2021

Life Together

The Christian life is meant to be lived in community, together with others. Utilize the resources and opportunities below to share life and grow in faith together.


“Taking Faith Home” (Daily Devotional)

“Taking Faith Home” is a weekly spiritual formation resource for you to use in your daily personal or family devotions and/or with a small group. Use it creatively in a way that fits your context. You can view/download/print this week’s “Taking Faith Home” by clicking the picture below.


Weeknight Communion & Discussion

Join Pastor Jacob on Thursday at 7:30pm as we share in communion and discuss upcoming readings and themes for Sunday worship. This group will meet in the vestry.

Virtual participants can  join the gathering by going to https://meet.google.com/txp-ndfa-ivu) or by calling 1-440-467-1448, the PIN is 220 679 745#.


Book Club

The Book Club meets monthly on the second Monday of the month at 7pm. The Book Club will meet (virtually) on August 9 at 7pm.

You can join the Book Club virtually through Google Meet by clicking this link (https://meet.google.com/feq-yjgp-xoq) or by calling 1-405-534-5197, the PIN is ‪552 165 644‬#.